'A lot of auto-tune': Timothee Chalamet jokes about singing skills in Wonka

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 November 2023
Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet at the premiere of Wonka

Timothée Chalamet joked he needed "a lot of auto-tune" for his singing in 'Wonka' but he enjoyed the "great learning experience" of the dance routines

Timothée Chalamet joked he needed "a lot of auto-tune" in 'Wonka'.

The 27-year-old actor portrays confectioner Willy Wonka in the 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' prequel, and while he found learning the dance routines a "great learning experience", having to sing proved more of a challenge.

Speaking to 'Extra' at the world premiere of the movie in London on Tuesday (28.11.23), he joked about his singing: “I try. It is a lot of auto-tune… No, I’m kidding!”

And of the dancing, he added: “I loved it… My mom is a dance teacher and my grandmother was a dancer, my sister is a dancer, so I was always sort of around it but it's a big difference between being around it and having to do it... It was a great learning experience."

Timothée recalled how quickly he was "charmed" by the script for the origin story and insisted it is a valid addition to Roald Dahl's original tale.

He said: “I thought it was very clever, and I know people can be kind of cynical about Hollywood remakes and there's a fine line between it feeling warranted, but within three pages of reading the script I was so charmed by what Paul [King] had come up with for Willy's origin story and a snapshot of how Willy was before success, before becoming the man that wants to give away the chocolate factory, before being the man that has a chocolate factory.”

But the 'Dune' actor needed to learn how to "live and love the tone" of the film by going back to his younger years as it was much less "serious" than a lot of his recent work.

He told People magazine: "I realised everything I've worked on [has had a] grounded seriousness to it, and here I had to loosen up and play, kind of like I did in high school, but I hadn't done in 10 years or something. So, that was the learning curve.

"But once it was in full swing, then it felt like we were cookin.' "

Wonka

  • 2023
  • UK / US
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Tom Davis, Olivia Colman, Hugh Grant

An origin story for Willy Wonka featuring an all-star cast and directed by Paddington's Paul King.